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AJAX

Fleet

Royal Navy

Ship Type

Battleship

Nickname

Ship Class

King George V

Grouping

2nd Battle Squadron

Command

Grand Fleet

Builder's Yard

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Date Laid Down

27.02.1911

Launch Date

21.03.1912

Completed date

Commission date

31.10.2013

Year laid down

Year launched

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

Photo Details

Entering Grand Harbour 1920

Related stories

At the start of 1916, a dummy merchantman (HMS Princess), made up to look like Ajax, as was used for added AS protection. The super-firing turrets (B and X) seriously affected the lower turret crews (B and Y).

Sister ships

Eventual Fate

sold for scrap Nov 1926

Jutland result

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Captain George H. Baird

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

900

Officers

Ratings

Killed

Wounded

Prisoners

Displacement full Load (tons)

23,400

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

598

Length (mtrs)

182

Beam (ft)

89

Beam (mtrs)

27

Draught (ft)

27.5

Draught (mtrs)

8.4

Max. Speed (knots)

21.5

Range (miles)

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Propulsion

Parsons with 4 shafts. 18 Babcock and Wilcox boilers in 3 boiler rooms. 27,000 shp.

Armour Main Belt

12" 305mm

Deck Armour

3 decks - top 1.5", middle 1", lower 3-4"

Turret Armour IN CM

Faces 11" (279), sides 4"(102), roof 3"(76)

Conning Tower Armour

Barbette Armour

Weight of armour

Armour / Displacement Ratio

Watertight compartments

General Notes

Fire Control Table

Dreyer Mk 11

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

13.5"Mk V guns (342.9 mm)

No. Primary Turrets

5

Guns (No.barrels)

10

Primary gun layout

Rounds per main gun

Effective broadside guns

Primary shell Weight (inches or cm)

1,400

Primary Broadside Weight

Secondary Gun Calibre

BL 4" MkVII guns (101.6 mm)

Guns (No.barrels) 2

16

Rounds per secondary

Other Armament

Elevation (degrees)

20 max. ABXY arcs 300 deg.

Gunnery Range (yards)

Gunnery Range (metres)

Rate of Fire (rds per minute)

2

Shells expended Main

Mines dropped

Shells expended Secondary

Torpedoes fired

Gunnery Notes

Torpedo Type IN

21" Whitehead

No. tubes

3

Torpedo Type MM

533 mm

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

one on each beam, one astern.

References & sources